"Six turning (props) and four burning (jets)" is said to have been a term used by aircrews on these ten engine aircraft. If you have sound you will hear the engines of a B-36 in flight.
Special thanks to Ray Reiser, USAF retired, of St. John's, Newfoundland,Canada and his wife who took the following photos as well as writing the captions and narrative.
Ray said "My wife Sylvia and I climbed up to the site of the RB-36 that crashed in Burgoynes Cove near Clarenville on March 18, 1953.
The first picture says it's a half hour climb but it took us over an hour."
CRASH SITE OF RB-36 BOMBER OF MARCH 18,1953
On August 25, 2008, 73 year old Ray Reiser of American Legion Post CN-09 with his 72 year old wife, Sylvia, climbed to the top of a mountain in Burgoynes Cove, Trinity Bay, which is just outside Clarenville, Newfoundland, where a USAF RB-36 Bomber crashed on March 18, 1953 killing all 23 on board, including Brig. Gen. R.E. Ellsworth, who was commander of the 28th Reconnaissance Wing of Rapid City, South Dakota, where they were stationed.
They were coming from the Azores along with several other RB-36's approaching the United States at low altitude to test the Air Defense Radar sites ability to detect enemy planes approaching the United States. The plane had its own radar and radios turned off so they would be less detectable but a storm blew the aircraft off course and it crashed on the top of a high mountain in Burgoynes Cove.
Ray and his wife, Sylvia, were awed by the magnitude of the plane's impact in 1953 and were stricken to silence and reverence while viewing the scattered remains of the massive ten engine bomber strewn over the area. The crash scene has remained unchanged for 55 years.
The Air Force Base in Rapid City, South Dakota, was later renamed Ellsworth Air Force Base to honor the General that died in the crash.
August 25, 2008 Start of trail to the RB-36 plane crash of March 18, 1953
August 25, 2008 One of the engines of the RB-36 that crashed on March 18, 1953 at Burgoynes Cove near Clarenville, Nfld.
August 25, 2008 Part of the wing of RB-36 that crashed in 1953
August 25, 2008 Part of the wreckage
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August 25, 2008
August 25, 2008 One of the propeller blades of RB-36 that crashed in 1953
August 25, 2008 Part of RB-36 that crashed on March 18, 1953 at Burgoynes Cove, Nfld
BRIGADIER GENERAL R.P. ELLSWORTH; MAJOR J.F. MURRAY AND F. C. WRIGHT; CAPTAIN O. F. CLARK, S. G. FAUHL, W. P. MAHER, J. H. PUETT AND H. G. SMITH; LIEUTENANT C. W. BRANSDOR, E.J. MEADER, J. E. PACE, AND J. A. POWELL; MASTER SERGEANT J. S. WINEGARDNER; TECHNICAL SERGEANT J. H. SALTSBERGER AND W. A. PLONSKI; STAFF SERGEANT I. V. BEARD AND R. E. ULLOM; AIRMAN FIRST CLASS T.J.KUZIK AND B. J. VAUGHN; AIRMAN SECOND CLASS K. E. HOPPENS, P. MANCOS, R. H. NALL AND M. H. ROGERS
August 25, 2008 Written on the propeller blade used for the monument
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